Student Gallery Exhibition - Cycles

In this show, artists are encouraged to explore the cycles they have witnessed or experienced in their lives. These could include cycles of life and death, destruction and rebirth, or journeys and destinations. Of particular interest are the areas where the cycle's elements intersect or break- periods of transition.

The show will run from October 1 - 29, 2015 in the Student Gallery at the VAC.

Exhibition: Momentum

Christina Seely

April 7 - May 3

Strauss Gallery

Reception: April 7, 5:45pm

Artist Event: Draw of Darkness

Thursday, April 9, 4:30pm Hood Auditorium


Christina Seely is an artist and educator whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in humans’ contemporary relationship to nature and time, Seely’s expedition based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the natural world.

The exhibition Momentum combines works from Christina Seely’s projects Lux and Markers of Time that address the complexities of our contemporary relationship to the planet.

Artist Emmet Gowin shares stories through photography

Few people have heard of — yet alone seen — water treatment pollution caused by paper mills. Even fewer have seen such damage from the sky and called it art. Yet for world-renowned photographer and current Montgomery Fellow Emmet Gowin, a certain fascination and peculiar sense of beauty comes in the circular blossoms of tropical hues that explode from the seemingly serene water.

Gowin captured the image in “Aeration Pond, Toxic Water Treatment Facility, Pine Bluff, Arkansas” (1989), one of many photographs the artist presented in his Montgomery Lecture on Tuesday. The world-renowned photographer spoke about the progression of his life and career through personal pictures, which dated back to his own undergraduate years at the Richmond Professional Institute (now called Virginia Commonwealth University), before crowds packed into the Hood Museum auditorium.

Welcome: Christina Seely

Christina Seely is an artist whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in many public and private collections including; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The West Collection and The Walker Art Center. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program, and a recipient of a year long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco.

Most recently she received the 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, her first monograph Lux, will be co-published in 2015 by Radius Books and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and work from her latest project, Makers of Time was recently included the exhibition Staking Claim: A California Invitational at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

Seely received a BA from Carleton College and an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.